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Shaping the Smart World: We're recruiting an Enforcement Team Leader to help protect UK home devices

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Are you driven by the pursuit of a safer marketplace?

Do you possess the determination and skills to make a substantial impact in the field of product safety and regulation?

If your answer is a ‘yes’, then we invite you to explore a great opportunity to become an integral part of the Product Regulations Team at the Office for Product Safety and Standards (OPSS).

About OPSS

At OPSS, our mission is clear: we are dedicated to ensuring the safety of products and protecting both consumers and businesses. As part of the Department for Business and Trade, our role is to make regulation effective and impactful. Well-crafted and well-implemented enforcement can foster growth, compliance, and efficiency while keeping people and places safe from product-related harm.

The Role: Enforcement Team Leader

Step into the role of an Enforcement Team leader within the Product Regulations Team. You will spearhead the team's efforts in enforcing the Product Security and Telecommunications Infrastructure Regulations. This pivotal set of regulations is scheduled to take effect on  29th April 2024 and is designed to shield consumers, networks, and infrastructures from vulnerabilities tied to consumer connectable products.

As an Enforcement Team Leader, your journey begins prior to the regulations' enforcement, allowing you to help shape OPSS's strategic approach. Your role will also encompass close collaboration with a compact yet dedicated team responsible for implementing the regulations on behalf of the Department for Science, Innovation, and Technology (DSIT).

In a world where technology and innovation are intrinsically tied to product safety, your role as an Enforcement Team Leader is essential in crafting and shaping the future framework for enforcement within this newly established regulatory domain.

Your tasks may range from undertaking both proactive and reactive enforcement work to ensure products placed on the UK market are compliant to providing guidance and support to businesses and business sectors to enable greater compliance within the industry.

Your understanding of the regulations, coupled with your strategic insights and problem-solving skills, will guide you as you undertake regulatory activities in accordance with the Regulators' Code and OPSS's Enforcement Policy

Why you should apply:

Becoming an Enforcement Team leader at OPSS is an expansive, engaging, and crucial part of the wider strategy at OPSS. Here at 7 reasons why you should apply:

1. Pioneering Impact: The regulations you will enforce directly contribute to securing the well-being of consumers and the integrity of products in the market. Your contributions will ripple through millions of lives, elevate confidence in product safety and drive market integrity.

2. Shaping the Regulatory Landscape: Embrace the opportunity to contribute to the foundational stages of shaping a new era of regulatory practices. In this role, you will play a pivotal part in determining the direction of regulatory strategies, exerting a lasting influence on the industry's operational landscape for years ahead.

3. Diverse Learning: The Regulation and Enforcement sector is expansive, offering you a unique opportunity to gain insights into various enforcement areas beyond just Internet Security.

4. Inclusivity and Diversity:  Join a workplace that actively champions inclusivity and diversity. At OPSS, we're committed to fostering a culture that values individuals from diverse backgrounds, perspectives, and experiences.

5. Leading Compliance Initiatives: As an Enforcement Team Leader, you hold the unique opportunity to guide businesses and industry sectors toward enhanced compliance. Your valuable insights and expertise will play a pivotal role in cultivating a safer and more secure marketplace.

6. Influencing Policy Direction: Your close collaboration with the policy owners at DSIT, (Department For Science, Innovation and Technology) empowers you to actively contribute to the formulation of OPSS's strategic approach. By shaping the enforcement framework prior to the legislation's implementation, you help lay the foundation for effective and impactful regulation.

7. Building a Network of Expertise: By joining OPSS, you gain access to create meaningful connections with professional and trade organisations within the regulatory industry. Through these partnerships, you'll foster collaborative efforts that amplify your influence and extend the reach of product safety initiatives throughout the UK.


Location and Working Arrangements

This role is available in both Birmingham and Teddington. Flexible working arrangements are available, and we embrace a hybrid working model that allows for a balance between remote and office-based work.


Alongside the starting salary of £38,052, the Department for Business and Trade contributes £10,274 towards your membership in the Civil Service Defined Benefit Pension scheme.

Important Dates:

Application deadline: 17/09/23
Sift: w/c 18/09/23
Interviews: w/c 09/10/23

Don't miss your chance to become a beacon of regulatory excellence as our next Enforcement Team Leader.

Apply now through the Civil Service Jobs portal and take a decisive step toward joining us in redefining the standards of product safety across the UK.

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